IQA Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

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  • One of the IQA’s main responsibilities is to monitor and improve the quality of assessment. The Internal Quality Assurer is effectively responsible for ensuring that the assessor is doing their job correctly. Here are a few other roles that you can expect to take on as an IQA/IV:

    • Provide support to both newly qualified and experienced Assessors/Tutors.
    • Develop and implement policies and procedures for the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment.
    • Plan and manage External Quality Assurer/External Verifier visits.
  • The Internal Quality Assurance qualifications used to be called the Internal Verifier courses. So, although they are still commonly referred to as the Internal Verifier (IV) courses, if you are looking at becoming an ‘Internal Verifier’ then it is, in fact, an Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) qualification that you need.

  • The IQA qualification you need depends on your job role.

    If you don’t need to IQA learners work and just want an understanding of the whole process then the Level 4 Award in Understanding the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice is the one for you.

    For those people who are looking for the closes qualification to the old Internal Verifier then you will need the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice. It gives you all the skills to Internally quality assure learners work. However, it does not allow you to be a quality lead or the quality nominee for a centre.

    To perform those roles as well in addition to the role above you will need the Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice. This is the most highly regarded of all the IQA qualifications. It equips you with all the skills necessary to not only quality assure qualifications but also lead and manage the whole quality assurance process.

  • In short, not necessarily. Nowhere in the IQA specification does it state that learners must hold an assessing qualification.

    That being said, it is fairly unlikely you will be eligible if you don’t hold an assessor qualification. Because to be eligible for the IQA course, your CV needs to demonstrate that you have sufficient knowledge and skills to meet the criteria within the IQA qualification.

    If you would like to find out if you are eligible for an IQA course, then please fill in the form on our ‘Am I Eligible?‘ page.

  • Salaries for Internal Quality Assurers vary dramatically based on the size of the organisation and the specific job role being undertaken. They tend to be in the range of £23,000 – £35,000.

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